The Tale Continues (E3 2014 Preview)
For someone who grew up in a time when we only got minimal ports of JRPGs, it’s a very exciting time to be living in. These days it seems we get almost every JRPG (eventually) localized for the U.S. due to the large, but niche, market. With the release of Tales of Xillia 2 (which will be the 14th installment of the Tales series) it’s good to see publishers are still on track to localize as much as possible.
I actually spent most my time playing Tales of Xillia 2 at the Namco Bandai meeting room at E3, and I was overjoyed to get my hands on it. What struck me the most is that Xillia 2 takes place in a more futuristic, steampunk setting rather than classic fantasy.
The original Japanese voice track will be kept (dub fans can sigh, sub fans can rejoice) too. The plot for Xillia 2 is (from what I’ve been told) is incredibly sweeping and will tie in a lot of characters in various layers and over many chapters, all while offering a rich JRPG story that fans of the genre and the Tales series have come to expect.
Battles are quick and exciting in Xillia 2. Your hero can swap weapons in battle, thus making short ranged and longed ranged attack strategies possible. For those who remember the first Xillia, you were stuck with whatever weapon you were equipped with before you went into battle. Playing Xillia 2 I moved in and out of battles fairly quickly, and each one was just as exciting as the last.
Though it took a while to get Xillia 2 localized for English (I should have studied harder in Japanese class so I could be playing imports now!), I am glad to be seeing it in its full Japanese glory. We should all thank Namco Bandai for being such an awesome importer!
We will see Tales of Xillia 2 released on August 19th for the PlayStation 3.
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